2014 Maryhill Zinfandel, Columbia Valley, Washington State Platinum 2017 Platinum Wine Awards (Wine Press NW) Double Gold 2017 Seattle Wine Awards
Earth and sandalwood notes start this wine, accompanied with sweet tea and lavender on the nose. Honey and juicy blackberry pie fruit make up the palate, flowing nicely through the finish.
Vintage and Winemaker’s Notes
The 2014 vintage was the hottest on record for the grape harvest in Washington state. A warmer than average season encouraged early shoot growth, without any late season frost. Periods of high temperatures early in the season slowed physical development in shoot growth, but then a period of consistent heat was experienced during the onset of berry formation. The season included an extended Indian summer that was made up of warm days and cool nights throughout harvest, resulting in concentrated fruit character in the whites and lush tannins and color in the reds. The stable weather pattern allowed for well-scheduled fruit picking decisions which transistioned naturally through all varietals.
Throughout harvest, Winemaker Richard Batchelor worked closely with local growers and visited each vineyard to taste for maturity and ripeness to determine the precise moment to pick the fruit. Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool hours of the morning to preserve bright fruit notes. Each lot underwent a five day pre-fermentation cold soak before the tank was allowed to go through a native fermentation to dryness lasting roughly 21 days. Each lot was fermented separately and then blended before bottling to allow the tannins to meld together. To craft this wine, only the free run juice was collected and no press fraction was blended. The wine was then barrel aged for 20 months in new French Oak. For the first year this wine was stirred in barrel on its lees and racked when necessary to soften the tannins. After the first 12 months the wine was racked off the lees for clarity before blending and bottling.
Varietal Composition: 100% Zinfandel
Appellation: Columbia Valley
Bottled: July 6, 2016
TA: 6.75 g/L
Cases Produced: 2471
Production & Aging: Aged 20 months in 60% new French Oak
Winery: Maryhill Winery
Owners: Craig and Vicki Leuthold
Location: Columbia River Gorge in South Central Washington State
Established in 1999 by Craig and Vicki Leuthold as one of only 100 wineries in the state, Maryhill Winery is now the 10th largest winery in Washington, producing 80,000 cases annually. Nestled among rows of vines along the stunning Columbia River in Goldendale, Wash., Maryhill is a popular destination for wine tastings, tours and special events, with an adjacent 4,000-seat outdoor amphitheater that hosts a world-class summer concert series and free live music on the vine-covered terrace every summer weekend (Memorial Day – September). Maryhill’s 3,000 sq. ft. tasting room and 1,200 sq. ft. Reserve Room draw more than 75,000 wine enthusiasts from around the globe each year, ranking among the top five most visited wineries in the state.
Maryhill sources more than 30 different varietals of grapes from some of the most highly-regarded vineyards in the state, over 50 different wines, and has claimed more than 3,000 awards since its first vintage in 2001, including the “2015 Pacific Northwest Winery of the Year” award by Wine Press Northwest, “2014 Winery of the Year” by San Francisco International Wine Competition, and “2013 Winemaker of the Year” by Indy International Wine Competition, and “Best Destination Winery” by Seattle Magazine. The winery has a 2,000+ member wine club and is distributed across the United States.
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Wood-spice aromas are at the fore followed by red fruit, with the wine also showing a fair amount of heat. The cranberry, raspberry and oak flavors are full bodied, seeming a bit boozy. 12/31/17 SS
@kainc Zinfandel is not my favorite, but Maryhill turns out very decent wines. It’s $11 and change per bottle here on Casemates. It’s $10 per bottle if you’re buying a case. Their wines tend to be mid-range in price, and I’d peg this a a good $20 or so savings per bottle.
For future purchasers if this repeats:
the 2014 Maryhill Zin is very nice. Excellent at the case price. Even with all the other holiday wine on the way I don’t expect it will last until next Christmas.
We opened a bottle while still cool from shipping (low 60s). Lots of mellow tannins, a yummy woody flavor and medium mouthfeel (doesn’t disappear on the swallow but doesn’t linger for 30s like an astringent Cab).
Did not have a lot of heat as suggested in one of the quoted reviews, even as it warmed to room temp. Got the berries and hints of spice.